Phoenix1221
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Location: NY, US
Member Since: 19th Apr 2001
Total posts: 14
Posted:hey y'all, i was just looking at the staff lessons and i got really interested. i was wondering if anyone knew the best way to obtain a staff. is it easy to make a staff? and how big should it be? (like length and thickness?)

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Shibaki
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Location: Tampa, Fl
Member Since: 28th Mar 2001
Total posts: 309
Posted:Hey Phoenix! I actually just got started with the staff last week, and I made my staff. It was so super easy, and fun to do. I bought a 4' dowel rod, I cant remember how thick, prolly like 3/4" or so, I guess whatever feels right for you. Then I got some different colored electrical tape and did my own design. I love my staff! It helps me through my tough times. Anyways, thats how I made mine. Cost about 8 bucks
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! Im going to make some more.
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Cant light it on fire of course though. I read somewhere on here that it is better to learn with wood, then advance on to aluminum with wicks. Thats what Im doing. Happy twirling------------------~I dont care if they eat me alive, Ive got better things to do than survive. ~Ani


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Posted:i used to play hockey, and had like a wooden hockey stick. i cut off the end, and used that. one thing though, don't make it too long, that makes it much harder. i am thinking about trying to make a steel one and wrap wicks on it (not light them though) so i could practice with what i would end up using if i decide to try fire. im actually getting kinda decent (dropping & hitting myself less, and keeping a more fluid motion), its much more fun than i expected it to be.

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Endangered Sanity
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Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Member Since: 11th Feb 2001
Total posts: 164
Posted:My staff is a bamboo garden stake with the sharp bit cut off... its a bit long though, i should probably shorten it
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Posted:Well I amde a non fire staff a couple of days ago and the best thing I found was a piece of wooden dowel 31mm thick and 1m long. short is better for begginers cause (like poi) its usually easier to start with heavier things.paint it varnish it and it looks great.peace outgarbo
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Phoenix1221
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Location: NY, US
Member Since: 19th Apr 2001
Total posts: 14
Posted:thanx everyone!!!!! i have a lot of cool ideas in mind. i'll be sure to tell you how it looks once it's done.

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Phoenix1221
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Location: NY, US
Member Since: 19th Apr 2001
Total posts: 14
Posted:thanx everyone!!!!! i have a bunch of cool ideas. i'll be sure to tell you all how it looks once it's finished.
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Posted:i just spray painted my staff/hockey stick silver, its actually in the yard drying right now.

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FirePoi-boy
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Location: Bantry, Ireland
Member Since: 22nd Sep 2001
Total posts: 71
Posted:Is making a staff as easy as just banging some wicking on to the end of an aluminium pipe or is it going to take time and effort.(which I hate).
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Jez
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Location: UK, London
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Posted:I have recently made loads of staffs and I use aluminium tubing for the fire staff screwing wicks onto the end. I use self amalgamating tape for grip.My UV staffs are made out of wood and I cover the parts I want UV with UV sticky back paper stuff you can get from maplins then the rest of the staff is covered in the self amalgamating tape. By covering all of the staff it does not look as if it is wooden at all but made out of rubber!Cost for making fire staff was 3 plus wicking.Cost for making UV staff about 1.50 - 2 each

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Location: Europe,Scotland,Both
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Posted:yo,yeah, firestaffs are a peice of pi**, made 2 in under an hour the other day, no probs. (might want a workshop with a drill tho...)as for length, Ive fund its best to work by proportion, the longest staff you can feasably do underarm helecopters with is about eye height, but chin height is easier, neck height for a fast one, chest height or less for doubles. My shortest staff (the electroglow) only comes up to my genitals, hummm, tmi?
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Whiffle Squeek
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Location: Hartford, CT USA
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Posted:two words:rake handlesmine are about a meter in length, tennis balls on ends to soften the mistakes...of course these are my practice staffs, if you want fire ones (which i dont do yet)id go with the aluminum tubes, my friend has a pair, which are nice, but light, i personally would like mine a bit heavier than his, i find them easier to pass hand to hand if they are heavier, but again, its all personal preference...and shouldnt this go to technical? (point?)

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halfabike
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Location: canastota, ny usa
Member Since: 22nd Feb 2002
Total posts: 55
Posted:where can you get self-amalamating (sp?) tape?thanks...------------------excuse me, santa, have you seen half a bike?

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SickpuPpy
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Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.
Member Since: 27th Nov 2001
Total posts: 1100
Posted:The Incendium website has pretty good instructions for building a staff, as I recall. I'm pretty shure that you can still find the link to their site through the HOP links.I built my staff rather diffirently then most people. I have always preferred the cathedral fold wicks so I took a 5 foot x 3/4 inch peice of aluminum tubing and set peices of hard wood dowel with an eye bolt through and then snap hooks attached to the eye bolts. This way I can detach the wicks and keep my staff inside the house with out having every thing smelling like kero. And because kevlar is the most expensive part of making the staff I only need one set of wicks between my staff, poi, and chain whip. It started out as just an experiment, but it ended up working better than I imagined.------------------If you love something, set it on fire.

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M@TT
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Location: Pensacola, FL, USA
Member Since: 24th Feb 2002
Total posts: 34
Posted:Phoenix- I've been spinning staff for 9 months and I make them myself. I use:-36" x 1 1/8" wooden pine dowel-Beach towel-Duct Tape-Staplegun-Bailing wire-Needlenose Pliers-Wire cutters-Cloth scissorsThe duct tape is used for frip in the middle of the dowel. I use the scissors to cut 4" strips off the towel. Staple the towel to one end of the dowel. Wrap the towel around the staff as tight as possible. Cut four 6" pieces of wire. Bend the wire around the dowel and twist it with the pliers to tighten around the towel. Do this twice on each wick to secure it to the dowel. I tried to draw a ghetto diagram to show you somewhat what I mean. The only problem with using towel wicks is that they need replacing often. It takes about 15 minutes to remove old ones and put on new ones. The wraps are good for 5-8 burns, depending on how long you burn them for and the fuel you use. If you don't understand any of what I told you, which is very likely, then oh well. I did my best. Hope I helped. ________ | | ----------- _|____|_ ----------------------------- -M@TTKeep the fire burning.

-M@TTKeep the fire burning.

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M@TT
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Location: Pensacola, FL, USA
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Total posts: 34
Posted:for the record, my ghetto diagram posted wrong. It actually made sense when I did it.------------------ -M@TTKeep the fire burning.

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adamrice
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Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
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Posted:I like the feel of a wooden staff better than a tubular metal one, but you really need to fireproof the ends.Others have suggested using cut up soda cans, which makes good sense; I use copper foil. For each wick, I drill two holes through the foil and wooden dowel where the wick will be, wrap kevlar wicking around that, drive a hole through the whole thing with a sheetmetal screw, and run a machine screw through *that*, which I anchor with something called a screw post (basically a tubular nut). Dribble in a little heat-resistent thread-locker to taste.

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cryogenic
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Member Since: 11th Jan 2002
Total posts: 34
Posted:dangerboy has this heavy staff (taller than me, but im a shortass) which is just a big chunk of wood with copper sheeting around the end (or, at least, it will have when he gets some copper!) .. imho it just depends on preference as to whether you use wood or aluminium or whatever... just use what is the best for you...------------------If at first you don't succeed, tell everyone you did and hope they don't ask you to prove it...

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Jez
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Location: UK, London
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Posted:Self amalgamating tape can be bought at hardware stores. It is very stretchy and the point of it is that once stretched around itself it forms a clean bond. Because of how stretchy it is, a little goes a surprisingly long way.

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Stone
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Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 13th Jun 2001
Total posts: 2830
Posted:I use wood (from memory 22-24 mm dowel) with aluminium ends. Anyhow, the Al pipe slips nicely over the dowel for a snug fit. Hint, after you wrap the wick around the Al, fold a bit (1'' or so) back under to prevent fraying. This also makes it easier if you need to drill through the kevlar. Also, tennis racquet "over-grips" make a good staff grip. Have fun
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crazed_bunny
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Member Since: 5th Jan 2002
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jonathan
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Location: new zealand
Member Since: 24th Nov 2001
Total posts: 210
Posted:i like wood in preference to metal anydayand the better the wood the nicer the feel of the staff, my $.02 is that you should make the effort to find a nice piece of hardwood (preferably from N.Z.) and go with that.....a real crazy thing to do would be to cut a branch down and rasp yourself a staff....might be hard work but its sure fun when youre finished!

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Rozi
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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 11th Jan 2002
Total posts: 2996
Posted:My first staff was a wooden broom handle, which was an excellent thing to learn on. I upgraded to a metal curtain rail & really noticed the difference when I hit myself in the shins for the first time...
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The curtain rail was also thinner & lighter, so quicker to spin, hence the bigger bruises. However it was a coated metal & I couldn't adapt it for fire, because the paint would do fun things like bubble & crack.So along came the new metal rod.Then the expensive store-bought contraption that I have used since. This has one big advantage - iridescent tape around the grip which catches the light beautifully. If you can find some, invest in it, it is a lot of fun.
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lluhmas
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Location: Armidale, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 20th Mar 2002
Total posts: 63
Posted:I make shitloads of staffs.There are two designs I work with: Aluminum and Dowelling.Aluminum: Goto Incendium.org for info...good easy instructions, I wont rewrite them here.Wood: Buy some 19mm dowelling, 20mm aluminum(1mm thick) and six self tapping screws. Make the staff as long as you want (cut dowelling to size)...cut alum. to approx 15cm long. drill three holes in it. Two of these are for your wicking and should be placed close together at the end in alignment with each other.The other is to hold aluminum to wood and is approx 3cm from wood end of pipe. make sure it is at a perpendicular angle to the other holes! the reason for this is, if you drop it after a throw hard...its splits the dowelling much easier than if you have another screw holding it together at another angle
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....Now put your wicking on(order from shop)...screw in with a drill....paint your staff....make a pretty handle from the above ideas and hey presto, there you go! cost you around oh, $25...most expensive componant being the wicking at 21 a metre for 2".....thankslluhmas


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Cantus
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Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965
Posted:Hey Mr Draevon, there's a link to your site on here and I didn't post it!!!How very odd.....

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BoomShankar
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Location: Leeds UK
Member Since: 15th Jul 2003
Total posts: 95
Posted:where could I buy aluminium tubing from in the UK>? Im sort of after a specific diameter and all ive used in the past have been mop handles which tend to vary in thickness. never seen anywhere that just has different kinds of metal tubing.. anyone any ideas? ubbrollsmile

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simian
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Location: London
Member Since: 11th Oct 2002
Total posts: 3149
Posted:B&Q
Homebase
Do It All
Random hardware shops

if you don't find what you want, ask the manager, and they're often very helpful in pointing out other places you can go.


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BoomShankar
BoomShankar

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Location: Leeds UK
Member Since: 15th Jul 2003
Total posts: 95
Posted:cheers mate, gotta get to B&Q - since the mid section of my home made 3 peice extenda-staff has gone walkabout mad rolleyes

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Durbs
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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England
Member Since: 23rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 5688
Posted:I've just decided to make a set of fire-doubles...

I've got a load of wick (6ft to be exact) which I was going to use for a fire sword, but think doubles would be a better use.

So - I was going to go to B&Q, get some nice heavy-ish wood (I want some thinnish staffs but no too light) - shod them in aluminium... Can "shod" be a verb? Hmmmmm

Then whack the a foot and half of wick on each end, tennis racquet grip covering up lots of the staff as I'm fed up with trying to do contact

What I'd really like is something like BlueCat's in Black & Blue but to my 'ickler dimensions...

Maybe some UV covering too.

If they work well, I'll put some pics up of how and what I made them with.

If they don't work well - I'll do this is anyway as an example biggrin



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adamrice
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Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:For whatever it's worth, I've posted my staff-making recipe here.

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